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Animal Ecology

Code: 45077
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Ivančica Ternjej - Lectures
prof. dr. sc. Zlatko Mihaljević - Lectures
prof. dr. sc. Sanja Gottstein - Lectures
Lecturers: prof. dr. sc. Ivančica Ternjej - Seminar

Dijana Beneta, mag. oecol. et prot. nat. - Practicum
dr. sc. Ivana Pozojević - Practicum

doc. dr. sc. Andreja Brigić - Lectures
doc. dr. sc. Marija Ivković - Lectures
izv. prof. dr. sc. Ana Previšić - Lectures
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English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Practicum 30
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
- Formulare ecosystems components form and hierarchy
- Recognise physical environment influence on organisms
- Describe species interactions
- Identify population properties
- interpret life tables and survivorship
- observe difference between community and ecosistem
- Demonstrate main differences between terrestrial and freswater ecosistem fuctioning
- Employ knowledge of ecotone concept and habitat fragmentation

1.Physical environment: temperature; ecology of termoregulation
2. Species interactions: symbiosis, teritoriality and competition
3. Kin selection and Inclusive fitness in social animals, parasitism and mutualism
4. Migrations: why and how, ecologycal cosequence of migration.
5. Predation: optimal feedig theory.
6. The nature of the community: patterns in space and time: stability (MacArthur-Wilson theory)
7. Environmental stochasticity, stability and biodiversity.
8. Freshwater ecology: difference beetwen terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
9. Ecology of subterranean ecosystems (part 1)
10. Ecology of subterranean ecosystems (part 2)
11. Ecotone and transition zones
12. Emergence
13. Ecology of captive animals: housing, and management, conservation and species reitroduction.
14. Aplication of ecology

Include written essay on proposed subjects and presentation
New themes each term, examples are as follows:

1. Succession and biodiversity
2. Agricultural production and organic farming
3. Constructed wetlands
4. Renewable energy solutions
5. Ecology of reproduction
6. Energy and ecology: secondary production level
7. GMOs in the environment
8. Food webs
9. Vulnerability mapping of karstic ecosystems
10.Functional diversity measures
  1. M. Begon, C. R. Townsend, J. L. Harper, 2006. Ecology From Individuals to Ecosystems. Oxford, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  2. odabrani znanstveni članci
2. semester
Mandatory course - Mandatory modul - Zoology
Consultations schedule: